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September 2012

 

SVCS Volunteer Expo and Voter Registration Drive

There's a New Tiger in Town

Exhibition: Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look

Global Sourcing Today and Tomorrow Panel Discussion

Exhibition: Ivy Style

FIT Board of Trustees Meeting

Global Sustainable Design and Marketing Panel Discussion

The Science of Retailing Panel Discussion

Completion Day

Africa as the Next Emerging Market Panel Discussion

Exhibition: Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of The Museum at FIT, Part Two


FIT Board of Trustees Names New Chair and Vice Chair

SUNY Welcomes New Board of Trustees Members

New Credit Certificate Programs Announced

Interior Design Faculty Member Wins Photo Competition

History of Art Faculty Member Invited to Give Talk at CAA Conference

Illustration Faculty Member's Work Featured on News 12 New Jersey

Interior Design Faculty Member Redesigns Florsheim Flagship Store

Science and Mathematics Faculty Member Receives Award

Carolee Announces Jewelry Design Competition Winners

Fashion Design Students' Work Presented in Elle Runway Show

Two FIT Students Featured in Supima Fashion Design Competition

FIT Jewelry Design Graduates Selected for Museum of Arts and Design Event

English and Speech Faculty Member Wins Grant, Presents New Work

New Campus Signage Makes Its Debut

Virtual Campus Tour Relaunches

The Museum at FIT Relaunches Online Collections Resource


Call for Entries: FIT Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Transformation

Fall 2012 Wellness Schedule

Nominations Are Open for SUNY Chancellor's Awards

Funding Opportunities

Sustainability Grants Available

Diversity Council Offers Event and Project Support

Diversity Grants Available

Online Event Calendar for Center for Excellence in Teaching

Technology Training

Affirmative Action Online Training

Emergency Messaging Sign-up


Adjunct Associate Professor Henry Goldsmith



EVENTS

SVCS VOLUNTEER EXPO AND VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
September 4, noon
Breezeway, between Dubinsky and Business and Liberal Arts centers
The Student Volunteer Community Service will host a number of local organizations and agencies that are in need of volunteers. Representatives of many organizations, like the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the Partnership for the Homeless, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and Earth Day New York, will be at the event to describe their group’s objectives and their volunteer needs. For more information, contact Deborah Payton-Jones, 74140.

THERE’S A NEW TIGER IN TOWN
September 6, 1 pm
Haft Auditorium
FIT will debut its redesigned sports logo with a fashion show at this event for students, faculty, and staff. The new tiger design will appear on all FIT athletics uniforms as well as on FIT apparel available in the bookstore. T-shirts and other giveaways will be distributed at the event.

EXHIBITION: FASHION ILLUSTRATION: A CONTEMPORARY LOOK
September 6-December 1
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
FIT’s Special Collections and Archive has loaned the Brooklyn Public Library some of its holdings for this exhibition of contemporary fashion illustrations, which includes work by a number of FIT alumni. The exhibition will feature special lectures and presentations. For a full schedule and more information, click here.

GLOBAL SOURCING TODAY AND TOMORROW PANEL DISCUSSION
September 12, 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The panel will speak about the evolution of global sourcing as influenced by the emergence of new growth markets, the necessity to diversify portfolios, and the innovation of transportation and communication, as well as the establishment of free trade agreements, security procedures, and product safety measures. Panelist include Hatun Aytug, senior vice president of global product management for Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear; Warnaco Fernando Capellan, president, Grupo M; Steven Hurwitz, senior vice president of Tumi; and Bill McRaith, chief supply chain officer for PVH Corp. Contact Nicole Martin, 74280, for more information.

EXHIBITION: IVY STYLE
September 14-January 5
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This exhibition celebrates the Ivy League look that originated on U.S. college campuses in the late 1910s. It focuses on three main periods: the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s, the post-war era to the end of the 1960s, and the style’s revival from the 1980s to the present. Period material will include suits, letter sweaters, university reunion and class jackets, athletic wear, and textiles from private lenders as well as from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information, click here.

FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
September 24, 11 am

Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor
The FIT Board of Trustees holds its September meeting. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel, 74030.

GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND MARKETING PANEL DISCUSSION
September 27, 5:15 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The International Trade and Marketing Department presents a guest lecture panel that will discuss the importance of sustainability in global fashion, providing insights on its application to the stages of design, manufacturing, and marketing. Panelists are Lewis Perkins, senior vice president of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; Samata Angel, global campaign director of Red Carpet Green Dress; Diane Ferraro, founder of Urban Siren; and Sass Brown, acting assistant dean for FIT’s School of Art and Design. Contact Nicole Martin, 74280, for more information.

THE SCIENCE OF RETAILING PANEL DISCUSSION
September 27, 6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The use of future technologies, like IBM’s Watson computer, and “online chatter” in retailing will be the topic of this panel discussion. Panelists are Jill Puleri and Paul Papas from IBM, Dave Fagin from Macy’s, and Susan Reda, executive editor of Stores magazine. For more information, contact Naomi Gross, 74835.

COMPLETION DAY
October 3, 11 am-2 pm
Breezeway, between Dubinsky and Business and Liberal Arts centers
Thirty-seven SUNY and CUNY schools are participating in a statewide awareness campaign to encourage students to complete their associate degrees for improved career outcomes. At FIT, the Completion Day event will feature live music and food giveaways, as well as a statewide keynote speaker who will be presented on the dining hall televisions. To learn more about the statewide efforts, click here.

AFRICA AS THE NEXT EMERGING MARKET PANEL DISCUSSION
October 9, 6:30 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
This panel discussion will address Africa’s emergence as a source of creativity in the fashion industry, and the role of the industry and other nontraditional players in leading the sustainable development of the continent to significant business growth. Panelists are Roberta Annan, chair of the government liaison committee of Fashion 4 Development; Adiat Disu, president of Adiree Public Relations and founder of Africa Fashion Week; Lexy Mojo-Eyes, president and CEO of Legendary Gold Limited; and Janice Sullivan, CEO of Edun. The moderator will be Tanya Cole, foreign service officer of the U.S. Commercial Service. For more information, contact Nicole Martin, 74280.

EXHIBITION: FASHION, A-Z: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM AT FIT, PART TWO
Through November 10
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
This is the second of two exhibitions highlighting masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection. More than 50 garments and accessories are on view, including work by Christian Dior, Martin Margiela, and Oscar de la Renta. For more information, click here.


NEWS

FIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES NAMES NEW CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR
At the June 20 meeting of the FIT Board of Trustees, Elizabeth T. Peek was named chair, and Robin Burns-McNeill was named vice chair. Peek, an investment analyst, journalist, and philanthropist, was previously the board’s vice chair and replaces Edwin A. Goodman, who chose not to seek re-election but will remain a trustee. Burns-McNeill, a cosmetics executive, has been on the board since 1995. The chair is elected annually to serve for one year; Goodman had served as chair since 1996.

SUNY WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS
In June, three new trustees were named to the SUNY Board of Trustees and Trustee Marshall Lichtman was reappointed for another term. Henrik Dullea, an experienced higher education and government administrator; Richard Socarides, a New York attorney; and Angelo Fatta, founder and CEO of ANSECO Group in Buffalo, “will bring tremendous experience, varied knowledge, and unique perspectives to the Board of Trustees,” Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said. Each trustee has been appointed to a seven-year term that began July 1.

NEW CREDIT CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED
FIT is launching two credit certificate programs through the Center for Professional Studies: Retail Management, launching this fall, and Sustainable Packaging Design, offered beginning fall 2013. The Retail Management certificate was developed in partnership with the National Retail Federation to enable professionals in mid-tier retailing positions, as well as those with a bachelor’s degree in a field unrelated to fashion merchandising, to advance to executive-level positions in retail management. The Sustainability Packaging Design certificate prepares packaging design professionals to lead and oversee initiatives to make the businesses they represent more sustainable, from materials to structural design to supply chain logistics.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER WINS PHOTO COMPETITION
Claude Mark Wilson’s photo of FIT from 29th Street was one of five photos selected for industrial designer Tom Dixon’s pop-up exhibition at New York Design Week in June. The competition/exhibition was titled Luminosity: NY vs. London, and featured artists’ depictions of light in the two cities. For more information, contact Claude Mark Wilson, 75550.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER INVITED TO GIVE TALK AT CAA CONFERENCE
Marianne Eggler will present a talk at the College Art Association’s 101st annual conference in February 2013. Her presentation, titled “Imperial Anxiety and Aggressive Décor: Imaging the Wilhelmine German Interior,” will look at a series of domestic interior designs in 1880s Germany in the context of nationalism, imperialism, and militarism. For more information, contact Marianne Eggler, 74669.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER’S WORK FEATURED ON NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY
Tony Capparelli was featured during recent Stanley Cup 2012 Finals news coverage for his illustrations documenting the championship hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. Capparelli, who has been creating commemorative sports portraits of the New Jersey Devils for the last 23 seasons, will be profiled in a longer news feature on News 12 in the near future. For more information, contact Tony Capparelli, 75808.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER REDESIGNS FLORSHEIM FLAGSHIP STORE
Classic shoe brand Florsheim will reopen its flagship store at 444 Madison Avenue this fall after a redesign by Joseph Lembo. Lembo, a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and owner of Lembo Design Inc., employed a design that celebrates both the legacy and the modernity of the present-day Florsheim brand. For more information, contact Joseph Lembo, 75566.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD
Arthur H. Kopelman was awarded the 2012 New York State Marine Education Association Matthew Fontaine Maury Award for his major contribution to the field of marine science and education and lifetime devotion to marine education at the NYSMEA annual meeting in June at SUNY Maritime College. Kopelman is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and president of the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island. Contact Arthur Kopelman, 73030, for more information.

CAROLEE ANNOUNCES JEWELRY DESIGN COMPETITION WINNERS
Carolee jewelry company has announced the five winners of its yearlong competition at FIT, and the students’ designs will debut as part of Carolee’s 40th anniversary Legacy Collection at an event at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street on September 13 at 6 pm. The winners’ designs, which will be on sale throughout the fall, will be displayed in the store’s windows. Carolee will also officially announce an FIT jewelry design scholarship at the Bloomingdale’s event.

FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS’ WORK PRESENTED IN ELLE RUNWAY SHOW
Twenty finalists in a fashion design competition titled “Fashion|Next,” sponsored by Elle magazine, will participate in a runway show during New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center this September. Each student finalist will present three of their own designs. A winner will be selected by a panel of Elle judges at the show; a people’s choice award winner will be chosen later this year by readers on Elle.com. The finalists will also be featured in the October and December issues of the magazine.

TWO FIT STUDENTS FEATURED IN SUPIMA FASHION DESIGN COMPETITION
The work of two FIT Fashion Design finalists will be featured among students from other design schools in a Supima fashion show during New York Fashion Week this September. A panel of judges will select a winner at the show. The show is a culmination of a design competition among four schools in which students created looks using Supima cotton.

FIT JEWELRY DESIGN GRADUATES SELECTED FOR MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN EVENT
The Museum of Arts and Design will feature the work of 13 recent Jewelry Design graduates at a pop-up shop celebrating contemporary art and studio jewelry titled “LOOT: MAD About Jewelry.” The curated event features the work of more than 50 artists and proceeds will benefit the exhibition and education programs of MAD. The event will be held September 11-15 at the museum; a special viewing will be held Thursday, September 14, 6-8 pm, and FIT faculty, employees, and students are invited to attend. For more information, visit madaboutjewelry.tumblr.com or contact Michael Coan, 75725.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER WINS GRANT, PRESENTS NEW WORK
Eric Fallen’s screenplay The Bravest, the Boldest was made into a film this summer after winning a $15,000 New York City Film and Video Grant from the Jerome Foundation. His screenplay was filmed by award-winning director Moon Molson and is now in post-production. Also, a new work by Fallen will be part of a reading at the Samuel French Institute on September 10, at 6:30 pm at the Samuel French offices. For details on the reading, click here; for additional details, contact Eric Fallen [eric_fallen@fitnyc.edu], 75340.

NEW CAMPUS SIGNAGE MAKES ITS DEBUT
New campus signage has been installed, including maps, building identification, and wayfinding for important locations, with color-coded building markers to be added later this month. Key to this transition is the phase-out of building letter designations in favor of the official building names, which are now prominently displayed on each building. New campus maps and additional information is available at all security desks. For more information on the new signage, click here.

VIRTUAL CAMPUS TOUR RELAUNCHES
The online tour of the campus has been completely updated and improved, include short videos, interactive neighborhood and city maps, and links to all relevant information for students and visitors. Click here to see the new virtual tour, or contact Donna Lehmann, 74710, for more information.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT RELAUNCHES ONLINE COLLECTIONS RESOURCE
In July, the MFIT Online Collections, a digital resource where designers, students, educators, and the public can interact with the museum’s permanent collection, was relaunched with expanded and improved capabilities and images. It features a new, more integrated design, as well as over 875 images of more than 600 objects. Click here to visit the updated site.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR ENTRIES: FIT FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION, TRANSFORMATION
Faculty and staff are invited to submit their work for consideration in this year’s exhibition in the Lynn and Carl Goldstein Gallery in the Feldman Center. This year’s theme is transformation. Artists must submit two separate works for consideration; artists who submit only one work or more than two works will not be considered. Deadline for submissions is October 22. The exhibition will be on view from November 21 through October 24, 2013. Click here to submit your work; contact James Pearce for more information.

FALL 2012 WELLNESS SCHEDULE
The Student-Faculty Corporation offers free lunchtime exercise classes for all faculty and staff:

September 4-December 14
Mondays—Pilates, 1-2 pm, Room BX28
Tuesdays—Body Toning, 1-2 pm, Room AX39
Thursdays—Yoga, 1-2 pm, Room AX25
Fridays—Ethnic Dance Aerobics, 1-2 pm, Room AX39

Locker and shower facilities are located near the gym area. You may use a locker only during class time, must bring your own combination lock, and must empty your locker after class. Portable mats are available for purchase at a discounted price of $10; bring a check, payable to FIT Student Faculty Corporation, to Human Resources, 236 West 27 Street, 11th floor. For more information, contact Bonnie Born, 73667.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR SUNY CHANCELLOR’S AWARDS
SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are given in the categories of teaching, faculty service, scholarship/creative activities, librarianship, and professional service. Nominations for these awards will be accepted at the Center for Excellence in Teaching through September 28. For more information, visit the CET website or contact Elaine Maldonado, 74064. [Note: These nominations do not apply to the Chancellor’s Awards for Classified Service or students.]

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts: Production and presentation grants of $20,000 and research and development grants of $10,000 are available to architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators for their work in architecture and architectural design, urban studies, and related fields. This organization supports investigations in architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, urban studies, visual arts, and related fields. Deadline: September 15.

NEH Summer Stipends: National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends are available for individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. The stipends offer $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time work. Deadline: September 27.

American Council of Learned Societies: Collaborative Research Fellowships of up to $140,000 are available for research on projects in the humanities and related social sciences that aim to produce a tangible research product such as joint print or web publications. The participation of assistant and associate faculty members are encouraged. Deadline: September 28.

American Councils for International Education—Research Scholar Program: For three to nine months in Central Asia, Russia, Southeast Europe and Ukraine. Award: $25,000. Deadline: October 1.

National Humanities Center Fellowship Program: Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent. Areas of interest: art history, visual culture, French history/culture, and humanistic fields involving religion. Awards: $60,000 plus travel expenses. Deadline: October 15.

Lilly Library at Indiana University—Bloomington: Fellowships support research in British, French, American literature and history, TV, film, radio, architecture, food and drink. Short-term fellowships for graduate and post-doctoral scholars are available. Award: $1,500. Deadline: October 15.

For other funding opportunities, view the Grants Digest online. For more information, contact the Grants Office, 73622.

SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
Do you have a great idea for making FIT more green? As a part of the FIT/SUNY sustainability initiative, an annual fund of $15,000 supports sustainability projects that will benefit the FIT community. Administered by the FIT Sustainability Council, grants of up to $5,000 per project are awarded to individuals or groups. Assistance with proposals is available. Proposals are due November 9. Click here for more information on applying, or contact Robert Vassalotti, 74882, or Grazyna Pilatowicz, 75574. Note: The Grants Office will be offering grant writing tips on September 27 during common hour for those interested in applying for this grant.

DIVERSITY COUNCIL OFFERS EVENT AND PROJECT SUPPORT
An event or project that fosters inclusion and diversity can carry the Diversity Council’s stamp of support on promotional materials and be posted on the college-wide calendar on the council’s website. Complete the form here to let the council know about your event or project.

DIVERSITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
President Joyce F. Brown established an annual grant fund of $15,000, administered by the Diversity Council, to encourage the development of educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities that promote tolerance and inclusion. A maximum of $5,000 is awarded to each winning proposal. Click here for more information on applying.

ONLINE EVENT CALENDAR FOR CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The Center for Excellence in Teaching provides faculty-to-faculty training on incorporating technology into teaching, workshops on teaching methodologies, and a range of professional development opportunities. Check their online calendar for upcoming events here, and learn more about the faculty resources available through the center by visiting fitnyc.edu/cet. For more information, contact Elaine Maldonado, 74062.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Dates for technology training have been announced. Sign up for technology training or consulting on FIT systems such as the portal, email, MS Office, web files, and more on the website. For more information, contact the Technology Development Team.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ONLINE TRAINING
FIT employees are required to complete two online training sessions that fulfill federal Affirmative Action requirements for government employees. The sessions, Preventing Sexual Harassment and Preventing Employee Discrimination, take 60 to 90 minutes each, and do not have to be completed in one sitting. You should complete both sessions by the last day of the anniversary month in which you were hired (for example, if you were hired on January 15, complete the training by January 30). Click here to access online sessions. For more information, contact Griselda Gonzalez, 74009.

EMERGENCY MESSAGING SIGN-UP
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register online for FIT's emergency alert system. The system uses email, phone, and text messages to provide effective emergency communications to the college community, both on and off campus. To opt in, click on the emergency messaging system link in the Web Resources channel on the MyFIT tab.


OBITUARIES

ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HENRY GOLDSMITH
Henry Goldsmith, Accessories Design, died June 5. One of the original instructors in the department, he helped develop the curriculum and recruit many faculty members. He is survived by his wife and colleague, Nora Navarro-Goldsmith, who is one of the department’s senior millinery instructors, two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A memorial is planned for October 30 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, from 4 to 6 pm, and a scholarship is being established in Goldsmith’s name. For more information, contact Vasilios Christofilakos, 75403.